Transportation, storage, and distribution managers typically work in warehouse settings, so prospective applicants must know how to operate hand trucks, lift trucks, forklifts, and pallet jacks. Generally, a minimum of a bachelor's degree and ten years of functional experience are required for this position.
The work is typically full-time and requires a great deal of mental strength, as these managers oversee many aspects of the distribution and storage processes. Heavy lifting is occasionally required and ranges from ten to fifty pounds. The ability to multitask is important, as they are responsible for managing all aspects of the warehouse on a regular basis, including optimizing space, reducing transportation costs, and ensuring timely delivery and accuracy of orders. They also work closely with drivers to manage and coordinate all in-bound and out-bound shipments.
This is a critical role that ensures the success of the distribution center and, thus, the company as a whole. A manager in this capacity focuses on a variety of transportation-related matters and must provide leadership in shipping, receiving, and customer service. They are also responsible for: implementing, improving and enforcing the best practice procedures to ensure inventory accuracy and smooth running of operations; ensuring that warehouse operations adhere to federal and state regulations; delegating and managing employees to ensure the department is functioning properly; screening prospective applicants; training new employees; issuing work assignments; monitoring budgets; and regulating spending of supplies, labor, transportation, and other daily expenses.
Transportation, Storage, or Distribution Manager Tasks
Establish company shipping and safety policies and enforce compliance with DOT regulations.
Work within budget constraints and seek to minimize transportation costs.
Determine shipping logistics, deciding routes, schedules, vehicles, and personnel.
Analyze shipping data to identify strategies for making routes more efficient.